Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Be the Change, Inc.

This placement is with Be the Change Inc. which builds momentum for citizen service as a practical solution to problems facing our communities and our country. Vibrant coalitions, collaborative policymaking, bipartisan advocacy, and galvanizing events and online outreach are hallmarks of Be the Change, Inc. campaigns. Their combined grasstops and grassroots approach engages well-known voices in entertainment, retail, government, and philanthropy. Through these partners, Be the Change Inc. reaches Americans of all ages and backgrounds. ServiceNation, the first campaign launched from Be the Change, Inc.’s platform, achieved the greatest government expansion of national service in our country in 60 years. OpportunityNation, their second campaign, launching in 2010, will leverage America’s spirit of service and volunteerism to fight poverty and create more opportunity for citizens everywhere.

For more information see: http://www.bethechangeinc.org/

Potential responsibilities include:

  • helping to brainstorm, develop and implement future campaigns and the founding materials to introduce those campaigns
  • helping develop and maintain grassroots online communities
  • assisting in administrative and database management, the implementation of organizational tools, and other various projects
  • helping draft presentations for perspective sponsors and funders
  • contributing entries for the blog
  • aiding senior staff small writing/research projects.
  • participating in a variety of discussions on topics such as policy development, community organizing, and social entrepreneurship
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor